I would be tempted to politely say “give me a minute, and I'll figure out if that is what I really want.” Then, I would very firmly order what I wanted to eat that day.
Either way, it is perfectly acceptable to order for yourself, or, if what he ordered sounds good, let him order it for you.
GUEST'S ANSWER: Richard Rosser, author of the Piggy Nation book series and musical and first assistant director for “The Neighbors” on ABC: Did you like what he ordered? Unless it was the cheapest thing on the menu or you were allergic, I say let it go. If you enjoy spending time with the guy, maybe you can return the favor and order for him on the third date!
Callie Gordon is 20-something, Lillie-Beth Brinkman is in her 40s, and social columnist Helen Ford Wallace is 60-plus. To ask an etiquette question, email email@example.com. For more 20-40-60 etiquette, go to blog.newsok.com/partiesextra.
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